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An afternoon tea 

If you want a quiet and tranquil afternoon filled with tea and delicious cake then you must go and visit Jo and the lovely staff at this delightful tea rooms in East Sussex!! I have only just visited for afternoon tea and it was so beautiful I had to blog about it straight away!! The Tic Toc is situated in a small village and is a combination of a gift shop, a hairdressers and a tea rooms out the back with an amazing view across the cliffs. I have been filled with countless cups of tea and lots of delicious sandwiches and cakes, which are all made by the wonderful team who welcome you with big smiles. To spend some quality with my cousin, nanny and mummy in a gorgeous setting is the perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon off work! 

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A birthday surprise!!

Whose silly idea was it to go to LEGOLAND on Easter Saturday!?!? That’s right it was mine and I’m so glad we did go because we had an amazing day!I borrowed my friends daughter to take her to LEGOLAND for her birthday treat, I can’t believe she is nine already she needs to stop growing up so quickly! As a surprise I had also invited my little sister, my other friend and her stepdaughter along for the day. Driving to Windsor with two kids is hard work when you have never driven that far before and have to listen to Ed Sheeran and Rag n Bone Man on repeat. We left town at around 7.30am and got to our destination for the best day ever around 10.00am, of course we would have got their earlier if we hadn’t stopped for an emergency Starbucks. LEGOLAND is an amazing place and there are so many rides to go on, from the miniland which was just as good if not better than I remember it to the Drench Towers which opens on the warm summers days. Food at these sort of places can be so blooming expensive so I decided it would be a nice idea to take a picnic. I made up a low fat pasta salad with some other nibbly bits and of course sweet treats like cookie and jam tarts. Going on the rides really took me back to my childhood when I used to visit with my friends when I was the girls age. Keeping them entertained whilst we waited in the queues was a little bit of a challenge as there were only so many rounds of eye spy you could play in one spot but, with some silly songs and games we eventually made it to the front of the queue without any whinging and whining. my favourite ride without a doubt had to be the Atlantis submarine ride where you rode in a submarine and saw loads of fish from around the world. We left the park around half past four and were all quite hungry so we went into Windsor for dinner at the Harvester which was delicious and much needed before the two hour drive home. Although it was a fairly long day I hope that everybody enjoyed themselves and had as much fun as I did (because to be honest the only reason I took Chloe was because I wanted to go). One mistake I did make for the day was wearing jeans instead of jeggings as they took much longer to dry out and I did have to walk around like I had wet myself for a while!! We got home around eight o’clock in the evening with two very sleepy little girlies and lots of happy memories of the day out!! I really hope that Chloe’s birthday surprise was a great one and that she will remember it for a while. Thank you Mazz for allowing me to borrow your daughter and thank you Holly, Evie and Mollie for coming along as well!!

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Beauty and the Beast

What better way to spend a Sunday evening than at the cinema with my little sister! 

Yesterday I took her to the Sussex Exchange which is a gorgeous venue with an intimate cinema, that seats around 30 people, for top class viewing of films. If you want an amazing film experience then this is the place to go being only five pound more than any chain cinema in your two centre. 

We went to see the new Beauty and the Beast because I hadn’t seen it and my little sister loved the film so much that she was more than happy to see it again. 

I can truly say I laughed I smiled and I cried through the film and I am so glad I gave it a chance. For somebody who loves the classic animated films Disney makes this was the first live-action film I have seen. I wouldn’t go and see Cinderella or The jungle book because I thought that making films live-action would ruin them. 

Everybody knows the story of Beauty and the Beast and if you don’t then where the hell have you been your entire life!! Emma Watson played the part of Belle beautifully and really portrayed an amazing real life character. You cannot fault any of the other cast that were chosen to play the well known characters of Gaston, Cogsworth etc. From the surprise of Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson playing parts to the likes of Dan Stevens and Luke Evans in the main roles it really was the movie for everybody. Josh Gad playing the part of LeFou was totally fitting after his previous role in Frozen as my favourite snowman Olaf. 

If you are looking for a family film to see throughout the Easter or just starting the next list of films you want to purchase for home movie nights then this definitely has to be on the list!! This may be a late review of the film but I will end this post with the fact that if my little sister, who doesn’t watch films let alone Disney films, is happy to see this twice then it is certainly one of the hottest films of the year!! 

One Year Celebration!!

I can’t believe my Guide Unit has been open for a year! This year has gone so fast and my unit has grown in size and almost tripled. I wouldn’t have been able to keep it going without the ongoing support from my mum, my best friend (Hannah) and the other leaders at the Brownie and Rainbow Unit.
To celebrate my unit being open for a year I decided it would be a nice idea to take the girls out on a day trip so, we hoped on a train and went to Brighton for the day. The weather was beautiful for a spring day so the girls didn’t mind walking between different destinations as much. Our first stop was the SeaLife Centre on the seafront where we saw so many different sea creatures and the girls got to play in the interactive rock pool. I had as much fun as they did looking at all of the fish! 

We then had to stop off for our picnic lunch so we went down on the pebbles of Brighton Beach where we ate our lunch and talked about how much we enjoyed the Aquarium. Our next stop was of course the Pier where I allowed the girls time to play in the arcades and go on the waltzers at the end of the Pier (fortunately we had no throw ups of lunch and the girls really enjoyed the air hockey tournaments that we held). Whilst on the pier Hannah and I found an awesome game where you had to knock down the clowns to win tickets. I won myself enough tickets for a snazzy palace pier mug which I surprisingly love!

After an hour or so on the Pier it was time to make our way to Pizza Hut for our celebratory meal out. We had prebooked the table otherwise the poor restaurant wouldn’t have been able to cope with having 17 people turn up who all wanted to sit together! The girls had the Big Heroes menu option whilst the adults were allowed an adult meal which was delicious and everybody found something that they liked to eat. I of course finished off my meal with salted caramel cookie dough and ice cream. It was such a lovely trip to Brighton and the weather made it all the more worthwhile as it was warm and sunny for the whole day!! I want to take this opportunity to give a big shoutout to the lovely staff at Queens Road Brighton Pizza Hut who were so accommodating and treated our girls with respect thank you so much for allowing us to have a super fun time!! 

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Lunch in a Country Pub 

We are so blessed to have so many beautiful country pubs in Sussex and although I have been to quite a few I haven’t even really got started! There is something really relaxing about going out for lunch at a country pub on a summers day when you can sit in a beer garden with the people you love and eat the most delicious and traditional pub grub. My favourite country pub in Sussex is the Royal Oak at Pett. It is such a lovely village pub with a cricket green opposite and is perfect for a lunch time sandwich with your family or friends. I don’t know if it is just me but when it comes to the summer I prefer to be out in the fresh air enjoying the weather rather than being sat inside a restaurant in the evening. I recently went to a country pub called the Ash Tree Inn for lunch with two of my very good friends and it really cheered me up because as we were waiting for our food to arrive, the local hunt rode past and actually stopped for drinks at the pub. The food at the pub was delicious although I did have a cheese overload with Camembert starter and macaroni cheese main ( thank you Shannon for ordering me a starter). My new saying lately is ‘Do What You Love’, when it comes to tackling anxiety and depression frequently and trying to please everybody but yourself, you don’t do anything that makes you happy and that you enjoy doing. One of my favourite things to do is spend time with my family and friends. Another of my favourite things is to go out to country pubs for lunch so I just combine the two. There are so many lovely country pubs around the whole of the country and although I am only blessed with the ones in Sussex most of the time, why don’t you go out and find a country pub for lunch. I can guarantee you won’t be 100% disappointed with your decision. Below is a list of some of my favourite country pubs around East Sussex. 

The Queens Head – Icklesham

The Royal Oak – Pett

The Cricketers Arms – Alfriston

The Ash Tree Inn – Ashburnham

The Six Bells Inn – Chiddingly

The Barley Mow Selmeston

The Swann Inn – Dallington

The Lamb Inn – Hooe 

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Smore Cookie Tray 

Hello everyone, 

Today my sister and I have experimented with a smore cookie recipe which I came up with the other day when I wanted a different way to make smores. I thought I would share the recipe with you to give you a chance to make them yourself. 


325g self-raising flour 

250g unsalted butter 

300g caster sugar 

200g milk chocolate 

100g mini marshmallows

1 large egg

Dash of milk 


1. Line two baking trays with grease proof paper

2. Cream the butter and sugar together Until they are smooth 

3. Add in the large egg and mix 

4. Gradually add the flour into the mixture and if the mixture is to stiff this is the time to add your dash of milk

5. Add in your marshmallows and chocolate and mix well 

6. Make a ball with the dough wrap it in cling film and then rest in the fridge for one hour this is the time you can preheat your oven to 180 degrees/ gas mark 4 as well 

7. Take the mixture out of the fridge and split it into 12 big cookies or 22 smaller cookies 

8. Bake the mixture in the oven for 12-15 minutes. 

9. Allow the cookies to cool for about half an hour

10. Serve with a glass of milk 

As you can see our cookies stuck together which didn’t make the final product look as good as I wanted them too but they tasted sooo good and with more practice hopefully they will start turning out better. 

Have a go at baking these cookies yourself and tweet me your picture using the #Worthlessbakes 

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Pancaked out 

Hello everyone, 

So last Tuesday was pancake day which meant for me pancake week!!! No it isn’t because I am greedy it is because it means I end up making about four or five different batches of pancakes with four or five different sets of people. 

This week I have had two lots of American pancakes and three lots of English pancakes and I can tell you I won’t miss them for another year.

As lent has started as well I have had to find some different toppings other than Nutella as I have given up chocolate, sweets, biscuits, Nutella and crisps. What is your favourite topping on a pancake? 

On official pancake day I was with my grandparents where I had to have nutella as a topping. 

Then on Thursday we had our scouts and Cubs making pancakes. Out Scouts made their pancakes on the fire outside with our special pancake pan! whilst our Cubs cooked on gas cookers inside and I have never seen so many toppings on one pancake!   

Yesterday I had pancakes with my guides who had to make one batch without a recipe and one batch with a recipe for their pancake badge. One of my girls decided cheese, Nutella and sweets would be a good topping (bluergh) 

Finally this morning my little sister asked if I could make her some American pancakes so I used the best recipe to get the best pancakes. Mollie had Nutella and I had to reach for the jam to put I top of my stack. 

 The Best Pancake Recipe!! 

What have you given up for Lent? What pancake recipes should I try next? 

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